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"On-line gaming environments are completely different things... Essentially it's massive global role-playing."
- Peter Watts

Relay  
  A central information system used to coordinate all of human culture and technology.  

"Interesting. A decentralized society, moving gradually back into primitive tribalism. A society that voluntarily rejects the advanced technocratic and cultural products of the Galaxy, and thus deliberately withdraws from contact with the rest of mankind."

"From the uniform Relay-controlled society only," Williamson insisted.

"Do you know why Relay maintains a uniform level for all worlds?" Rogers asked. "I'll tell you. There are two reasons. First, the body of knowledge which men have amassed doesn't permit duplication of experiment. There's no time.

"When a discovery has been made it's absurd to repeat it on countless planets throughout the universe. Information gained on any of the thousand worlds is flashed to Relay Center and then out again to the whole Galaxy. Relay studies and selects experiences and coordinates them into a rational, functional system with contradictions. Relay orders the total experience of mankind into a coherent structure."

From Souvenir, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Fantastic Universe in 1954
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Compare to bohemias from William Gibson's 1999 novel All Tomorrow's Parties, the Diaspar memory from Arthur C. Clarke's 1956 novel The City and the Stars and the Book of the Kalends from Philip K. Dick's 1969 novel Galactic Pot-Healer.

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